Welcome to the WoES PTA Website! 
The goal of this site is to provide the parents and caregivers of the children attending Worthington Elementary School, up-to-date information on events and activities associated with the PTA and our school.

        
SCHOOL NEWS




KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION:
Registration is OPEN
 for the 2019-2020 school year! The following link gives a concise look at everything you need to know about registration

Children MUST be 5 years old by September 1, 2019 in order to enroll in kindergarten. Every child who is 5 years old by September 1 must be enrolled in a kindergarten program this fall or have an approved waiver . HCPSS Kindergarten is a full day program. ITEMS NEEDED: A signed deed or lease to your home, current bill (electric, cable or landline telephone), picture ID of custodial parent (driver’s license), child’s original birth certificate, current immunization, child’s social security number (optional), and custody papers (if applicable). All documents must be in their original form. Worthington Elementary School will make all the copies. Please contact Iris Feinberg in our front office at 410-313-2825 if you have any questions about the registration process. We are excited to have our newest Worthington Wildcats join us in September!

KINDERGARTEN PLAYDATES: 
Know any incoming Kindergarten families? All incoming Kindergarten students are invited to join us for popsicles and fun at our summer playdates. Pick the one that fits your schedule, or come to all three.
  • Thursday, July 11th at 10 AM (Location TBD)
  • Saturday, August 10th at 10 AM (Location TBD)
  • Thursday, August 29th at 6 PM (Worthington playground)
Contact Elena Evans at elena.irizarry@gmail.com with any ?'s.
 
SUMMER READING PROGRAM: 
Howard County Library promotes a Summer Reading Program. All information can be found on their website...The list of books recommended for Summer Reading can be found at this link...Rules and information for the ever popular Bookmark Contest can be found HERE.

WILDCATS: Let’s See Your Summer Reading!
We know our students will enjoy many books and stories during summer vacation. Let’s celebrate our summer reading! Students and families are invited to print, decorate, and cut out the Worthington Wildcat. Then take a picture of yourself or your family reading with the wildcat!  Email your photos to Mrs. Jenkins at kelli_jenkins@hcpss.org. Photos will be shared when we return to school in September. All families are invited to participate, even if students will attend a different school next year. Read in your backyard! Read on vacation! Read at the pool! We can’t wait to see where you are reading!

ATTENTION RISING 5TH GRADERS (SOON TO BE 6TH GRADERS AT EMMS): Welcome to all of the new incoming 6th graders to EMMS! We will be having our Outdoor Education field trip to NorthBay from October 15th -17th, 2019. The cost of the trip will be no more than $200. The packet of information will be given out at the parent information meeting on September 5th at 6:30pm in the cafeteria. For your convenience, the Health and Medication forms will be posted on the EMMS website. All of the forms will need to be back by September 12th. We will need 26 chaperones to attend, and they will be chosen by lottery. We had a fantastic time last year and we would like to take every sixth grader to Outdoor Ed. All students who need medication at school Medication Form should be dated after July 1st for current school year. If your child takes medication at school only then this Medication Form will cover the Field Trip. If your child takes medication at another time besides school please use the NorthBay Medication Form have it filled out and signed by medical provider. Please take a look at the NorthBay website: www.northbayadventure.org.

UPCOMING EVENTS: 
Please take a look at our PTA calendar for upcoming events and important dates during the beginning of the 2019/2020 school year.

COMMUNITY NEWS

BOX TOPS FOR EDUCATION: Summer is a great time to start collecting boxtops for education! Our kids love the opportunity to earn extra recess and each boxtop earns our PTA a little money! Box Tops is making some changes to allow you to “clip” the labels electronically. Click HERE for more information.  
 
FITNESS CAMPS:
 
After School Transportation/Childcare and Year-Round Camps! The Okinawan Karate Dojo, business partner of Worthington, will be providing after school transportation (and more) at their new facility on 4900 Waterloo Road in Ellicott City! Ready for the 2019-2020 school year and fully licensed by Howard County and Maryland State, the Karate Dojo will have your solution! Services include: transportation from school to the dojo, homework assistance, game and sanctum  recreational activity (karate, tumbling, etc), Ninja Warrior Obstacle Course, and much more!!  Visit them online at www.okdkarate.com. For more information, call 443-574-8999 or okinawankaratedojo@gmail.com.

LOCAL BUSINESSES:

Do you own or work for a local business?  The Worthington Elementary School PTA would like to work with you to promote your business while assisting us with the many fun events we host throughout the year.  We are also looking for a business partnership with a printing/copying company. Contact worthingtonptapresident@gmail.com for more details. 






































































Regular PTA Meetings have concluded for the school year! 
They will resume during the 2019/2020 school year


ATTENDANCE: 
We strive to keep accurate attendance records for all students.  When a student is absent from school, the absence is coded "absent" without a reason. When a note is provided by parents, the absence is then coded with the reason. The following are examples of codes/reasons for absences entered in our system: illness, appointment, parent discretion. We have many students that have unexcused absences. IF your child has been absent and you have not provided a note, this is an unexcused absence.  Please send in a note stating the reason for the absence as soon as possible, and the absence will be properly coded. 

*** PLEASE NOTE *** Rate of chronic absenteeism is being calculated by The Maryland State Department of Education for our “School Report Card” being released last week.  Absenteeism is closely monitored and we will be following the county expectations for monitoring this data.  For any students exceeding 15% absenteeism (excused or unexcused), parents will receive a letter from the school per our county expectations. We encourage families to take vacations during set times off from school as designated from the HCPSS calendar. 


  

Please contact Ms. Alisha Coleman, Health Assistant or Ms. Stacey Naecker, School Nurse at 410-313-2575.


If your student has medication in the health room, please make arrangements to stop by anytime before the end of the school year to pick up the medication. Medication remaining at the end of the school year should be picked up by the parent/guardian by the end of the school  day on the last day of school, June 21st. Any medication not picked up will be destroyed.







PTA NEWS
 
Officers for the 2019-2020 were elected at our spring concerts in May! Congratulations to Claire Jung (President), John Gallagher (1st VP), Christine Golladay (Treasurer), Tracey Tranchini (Secretary), Paula Mergler (Delegate) and Hina Joshi (Delegate).

PTA OPENINGS FOR 2019-20 SCHOOL YEAR: Our very active PTA still needs your help!  Our PTA plans activities for our school such as the Back to School Picnic, After School Activities, Secret Shoppe, Lego Night, Talent Show, Family Bingo Night and silent auction, Orioles Day, 5th Grade SCH and 5th Grade End of Year Celebration and more. It also supports our school’s parties, and staff appreciation efforts. We can’t do it all without your help! If you would like to learn more and/or be more involved in our PTA, please contact Ginny Peralta at worthingtonptapresident@gmail.com.

NEW OPENING: After School Activities Coordinator: Are you looking to get more involved in the PTA? We are looking for someone to take over the planning of after school activities! This is a vital role… please consider helping! 
End of Year Celebration Event CoordinatorAre you an event planner at heart? Every year, we try to coordinate a movie night, picnic, or something super fun to celebrate the end of the school year. You would be the one in charge!
Silent Auction AssistantsOur BINGO event is one of the most attended each year and the silent auction is a huge moneymaker for the PTA. Our silent auction chair needs a few hands to help solicit items for the baskets, put the baskets together, store items, and help with the actual silent auction.

STAY IN THE KNOW...DOWNLOAD 'REMIND' TODAY: 
The Worthington PTA is piloting the use of Remind to help remind you of PTA related information (i.e upcoming events/deadlines, spirit days, community outreach efforts/needs, etc.) Remind is an app that allows you to receive messages from the PTA via push notification, text and/or email – you can choose how you’d like to receive your messages in the account settings. To join, please download the free Remind app in your device- appropriate app store.  You will then join a class - our class name for this school year (2018-19) is gperaltaPlease note that messages will be sent from the PTA, not the school.  You should still watch your email carefully and diligently for school-sent information.

PTA MEMBERSHIP COMMITTEE: Be your student's hero. . . Join the PTA and donate today! The Worthington PTA organizes cultural arts events, class celebrations, and social events for all Worthington students. Your donation funds these events, and gives you a voice in monthly meetings with the Worthington administration. Join today at www.worthingtonpta.com.

PARENT VOLUNTEER PROCEDURES: Parents who are asked to chaperone field trips or wish to volunteer must complete a brief training course online and submit a certificate of completion to the school.  Visit HERE to complete the training and receive your certificate.










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